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The fashion industry in Vietnam
The textile and garment sector of Vietnam is one of the country’s largest industries and a key contributor to its economic growth. In 2014 Vietnam’s textile and garment exports increased 18 percent year over year (YOY) to total approximately US $20 billion, accounting for 15 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and 18 percent of its total exports, according to the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (VINATEX).
Though the US remains Vietnam’s largest export market, China is forecast to become Vietnam’s largest export destination by 2030. The textile and garment industry comprises approximately 4,000 enterprises and provides (direct and indirect) employment for more than 4.5 million people.
Approximately 90 percent of the workforce is a union member. However, workers are not allowed to form their own union though, they usually belong to a government related institution.
According to a study made by the Fair Wear Foundation, the main issues in garment and textile factories in Vietnam are overtime work (sometimes forced or not paid at the correct rate) and toilet access (due to short break times and not enough facilities).
There are also problems concerning workers coming from the countryside to the factories and their social welfare.
As you can discover here after (blog articles), there are some deisgners who respect the planet and the people they work with in Vietnam. Some of them also choose to work in close relationships with different tribes of Vietnam, thus supporting ancestral savoir-faire in fabric making, dyeing and weaving.
Concerning the consumers, they still are in the search for cheap and fashionable products – which also goes hand in hand with the level of wealth in the country. But of course some urban young people start to pay attention to the questions: where do my clothes come from? and Who made my clothes?
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